Nine UVa students face jail time in Hokie hoax

Check out this article in today’s Daily Progress. Nine University of Virginia students have been charged with a felony for the destruction of property valued at more than $1,000. On March 23 the students stole a 120-pound fiberglass Hokie Bird statue from in front of Blacksburg’s town hall as part of their fraternity’s initiation process.

The students returned the 5-foot bird and confessed the deed to a UVa dean. They also agreed to pay $10,000 in damages. However, the felony is punishable by up to five years behind bars and a fine of $2,500.

The Hokie birds are sold to make money for the Blacksburg Partnership, which promotes economic development in Blacksburg. The birds are sold to local merchants for $10,000 a piece.

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